DAY 4 Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto B, L
A full-day tour brings you to the Nijo Castle, a World Heritage site which was completed in 1626 providing lodging for the Tokugawa Shogun and palladium for Kyoto Imperial palace. The impressive, elaborate carvings and decors in the Ninomaru Palace are a must-see. Continue to another World Heritage site Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), the wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold. Visit Kyoto Imperial Palace, used to be the emperor’s residence until about 150 years ago.
After lunch, drive to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, one of the world’s largest wooden structures. Its huge main hall and bronze Great Buddha are impressive to behold. Kasuga Taisha Shrine, this Nara Period shrine is designated as a World Heritage Site. The deer of Nara Park are thought to be the shrine messengers.